Gösta Kruse

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Gösta Kruse
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Gösta Kruse with elephants at Cirque Pinder in France
Personal details

Spouse(s) 1955 - 1973 Joan Kruse

Country France

Title elephant trainer 1971-1973
Location at Circus Pinder-Jean Richard in France

Title elephant trainer 1964-1971
Location at Cirque Pinder-Charles Spiessert in France

Title elephant trainer 1951-1964
Location at Bertram Mills Circus in United Kingdom

Title elephant trainer 1947-1950
Location at Zoo Circus in Sweden

Title animal trainer-1947
Location at Zoo Circus in Sweden

Relevant literature
Gösta  Fowles

Biography details

Gösta Kruse , circus elephant trainer in France

Born 1927-08-15 in Sweden dead 1973-06-22 in France , son of animal trainer Theodor Kruse .

Affiliation with 2 elephants

1: Birka (from 1945 to 1950) 2: Safari (from 1945 to 1950)

Kruses father was horse trainer and stable master at Trolle Rhodins Zoo Circus in Sweden. Theodor Kruse died during the tour in Istanbul, Turkey in july 1954.

1945 Trolle Rhodin Sr. bought the two elephants Birka and Safari.

Gösta Kruse started 1945, 18 years old, working with the two new bought elephants Birka and Safari at Trolle Rhodins Zoo Circus, where he was trained by Hugo Schmitt, who stayed with Zoo Circus 1944-1947 with five elephants from Circus Hagenbeck.

Gösta  KruseGösta Kruse with the two elephants Birka and Safari, owned by Trolle Rhodin Sr..

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In 1951 Kruse took over the elephants from John Gindl as head elephant trainer on Bertram Mills circus, where also the young animal trainer Joan Fowles worked, and she started to assist Gösta Kruse in the training of the elephants.

Gösta  KruseFour year old Hilary Yelding with elephant Patho, at right elephant trainer Gösta Kruse, at Bertram Mills Circus, 1953

In 1955 they married, and the wedding and couple riding elephants from church can be seen on Video.

1961: In early 1961 Mills were offered to very young orphans found wandering alone in the jungles of Siam. SAFARI aged approx 9 months and TAMU aged approx 6 months old arrived and were hand fed by my parents every 4 hours on a diet of chopped apples, carrots, diluted milk, boiled Patna rice mixed with glucose and Farex. My Mother hated rice pudding till the end of her days after that.
Yvonne Kruse

Gösta  Kruse

In 1962, Kruse wrote a book about his life with elephants, with the title Trunk Call.

At the close of Bertram Mills Circus tenting show in 1964 Gösta Kruse, Joan Fowles and their daughter Yvonne Kruse left to Cirque Pinder in France, owned by Charles Spiessert and with winterquarters in Chanceaux-sur-Choisille.

Charles Spiessert died in 1971, and his children sold the circus to Jean Richard, who reopened it as Cirque Pinder-Jean Richard where Kruse remained as elephant trainer until his death July 25, 1973 from a Heart attack.

In the french town Chanceaux-sur-Choisille he was honored, when a street was named "Rue Gosta Kruse" after him.


Total: 1 children

  1. Yvonne Kludsky. Born: ?.

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Gösta Kruse
Born: 1927-08-15

Theodor Kruse

Born: 1901

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Karl Kruse

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Hedvig Andersson

Born: 1871
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). elephant trainer Gösta Kruse in France. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 June 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=366. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories elephant trainer | circus | Circus Pinder-Jean Richard | Kruse family | Born 1927 | Dead 1973 | People from France

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